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Today's Opinions

  • Do the work, then get paid

    My trash has not been picked up by Waste Industries since November.
    I truly believed that it was because I owed a bill. Last week I paid what I believed was a past due bill. There were late charges and 1.5 percent charged for late fees with a minimum of $5.
    Immediately afterward, I received another bill. It is due by Feb. 13 for March-May 2011.
    So I pulled the invoice for the "late bill," that I had just paid. It was for December-February. Mind you, my service was stopped at the end of November for a "late payment."

  • Tea Party keeping eye on Republicans

    To elected Republicans: please remember the issues which got us control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Otherwise, risk losing all in the 2012 elections.
    If you cave in to Obama and Reid pressures, you will lose both our votes and our money.
    Many think the "Tea Party" revolt was a one-time anomaly.  Wrong! It will be even stronger in 2012.
    And, if Republicans don't firm up resistance to Obama, we will see many more Tea Party type candidates, with votes and money going to them instead of to mainstream Republicans.

  • Restaurant lets soldiers eat free

    I would like to thank Squealers Barbeque of Galax for being very nice to our active military men and women.
    My son was in for a visit and he wanted to eat there before he left. We asked if they gave a discount and we were told all active military can eat for free.
    There are not many places here that do that. If there are, you must be in uniform. There, all he had to do was show his badge.
    Thanks again for supporting our military from this area.
    Josie Bise
    Galax Gazette

  • Citizens free to speak?

    [Carroll County Board of Supervisors Chairman Tom] Littrell says citizens are not silenced, but it strikes me odd that the supervisors adopted a rule in January after Mike Goldwasser took Gary Larrowe to task for his alleged conflict of interest in December.
    I don’t recall any other citizen ever being denied to speak on any subject.
    Why did the board feel it necessary to adopt such a rule at that particular time? It certainly would leave the impression that they did not want the subject broached again.
    A county government "whitewash?"

  • Grayson LandCare honors Hanes

    Phil Hanes, who passed away on Jan. 16 at age 84, was a dynamic visionary who inspired and challenged others to work for the causes he pursued with persistence and passion.
    He purchased almost 2,000 acres of land in Grayson County along the New River when he learned that it was slated for development.
    Instead, he and his wife Charlotte promoted the river as a recreational resource and are now part owners and suppliers of grass-fed beef to Grayson Natural Foods.

  • United Way needs our help

    GUEST EDITORIAL

    Twin County United Way needs the community's help.
    Since 1957, through the community's generosity, TCUW has provided millions of dollars to dozens of Twin County non‑profit organizations.
    Now we, like many we serve, have fallen on hard times. Without a substantial increase in donations, our long‑term existence is doubtful.
    Last year, TCUW fell more than 50 percent short of its $215,000 campaign goal. We had to cut by 25 percent contributions to the 26 agencies we serve, dipping into reserves to do so.

  • Mentors make a difference

    January is Mentor Appreciation Month for the Carroll County Public School System.
    Do you have one hour a week that needs a special purpose? Do you have the desire to make a difference in a child's life — give the child a special time just for him or her?
    MAD‑MAC (Make‑a‑Difference/Mentor‑a‑Child) is a program in the Carroll schools, designed to match adult mentors with elementary school children needing additional support.
    The child is paired with a mentor, and the two meet at least once a week on school property.

  • Burning trees could be unhealthy

    After last year's holiday season there was a huge bonfire, far into the rear of a Christmas tree farm in Elk Creek.
    The plumes of smoke fell over miles of acreage. I observed this activity for days, making no mistake of the scent of pine burning.
    Environmental Protection Agency Law prohibits burning of Christmas trees and tree parts, which are a hazardous environmental pollutant. The law is listed on the Federal Register No.1XC 04‑15448.
    The root systems and foliage of trees absorb pesticides and herbicides used at the farms.